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OA1006: Countess Maritza (3 CDs)


25th Anniversary 2003 Summer Season


The first-ever recording of this Viennese operetta masterpiece that includes every song that Kálmán wrote for the 1924 premiere.  A bonus track on this nearly three-hour CD set features the aria that the composer wrote for the 1932 film version of the show.

Music by Emmerich Kálmán
English Book and Lyrics by Nigel Douglas
Original German Book and Lyrics by Julius Brammer and Alfred Grünwald
Conductor:  Steven Byess
Stage Director:  Nicholas Wuehrmann

Sound Samples:
CD 1, Track 8

CD 3, Track 3


Countess Maritza
Julie Wright
Count Tassilo Endrödy-Wittenburg / Bela Törek
Brian Woods
Countess Lisa, Tassilo's sister
Betha Curtis
Baron Koloman Zsupan, pig farmer from Varasdin
Anthony Maida  
Prince Moritz Dragomir Popolescu
Boyd Mackus  
Princess Bozena Cuddenstein from Chlumetz
Alta Boover  
Penizek, her servant
James Stuart  
Manja, gypsy girl Amy Pfrimmer  
Baron Karl Stephan Liebenberg Patrick Howle  
Berko, gypsy David Wannan  
Tschekko, Maritza's long-time servant Spiro Matsos  
Ilka, Maritza's friend Lucy Campbell-Weber  
Gentleman Greg Brookes  
Gypsy violinist Jonathan Stinson  
Housekeeper Alta Boover  

Live recording with complete dialogue.

Bonus track includes additional song (“Du hast in deinen Augen den Himmel und das Glück” with Brian Woods, tenor) that Kálmán wrote for the 1932 film version.

3-CD set                20-page color booklet enclosed                Total playing time:  2 hr 53 min